Advisory Board

Many families may be wondering what the answer is. We have provided this document to give you a quick but thorough understanding about the Board's work. Unlike a public school board which is regulatory, a Catholic school board is consultative in nature. It operates in the policy-making process by formulating and adapting policy.

The Diocese of San Diego describes why the church needs school boards today.

  • To promote the concept of lay ministry
  • To develop ownership and stability
  • To offer financial advice
  • To develop and defend policy
  • To serve as a good public relations source
  • To enable the principal to spend adequate time as educational leader
  • To encourage strategic planning

The St. James Academy Advisory Board participates in decision-making in designated areas of responsibility. These areas include planning, policy formulation/enactment, finances, the selection or appointment of the principal, development including public relations and marketing, and evaluation. As recommended by the Diocese, the Board guided by the diocese drafted and approved its constitution in 1998.

Advisory Board Members
Chair Jeff Black
Vice Chair Mike Van Gilder
Financial Officer Jeff Black
Ways and Means Kelli Fletcher-Fuller
Parent Council Chair Lisa Ronco
Religion Committee Leigh Krichbaum
Facilities Committee Mike Kimberlain
Ex Officio Members 
Pastor Reverend John Howard/Father Lawrence
Principal Kathy Dunn, Christine Lang
Faculty Representative Rotating Position
Representative At-Large Ron Magnaghi/Peter Kuhn/Mary McGuiness/Roy Salameh/Scott Sundstrom

Kind Words About Us...

"One of the greatest benefits of a St. James Academy education is the commitment of faculty to continued personal growth."

"St. James Academy promotes a spirit of enthusiasm that fosters a sense of community thereby maintaining a strong Catholic mission."

"St. James Academy did an excellent job at incorporating a variety of supplemental texts, materials and methods to meet the needs of the students and their various learning styles!"

"They integrate Christian values into the curriculum, with an emphasis on spiritual development, positive approach to discipline and community building activities."

St. James Academy is a private Catholic school in North County, San Diego. If you are searching for the premier preschool, elementary school or junior high school in proximity to Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach, contact us today!